From Sega Retro
|System(s): Sega Mega Drive|
|Publisher: Acclaim Entertainment
Acclaim Japan (JP)
|Developer: Sculptured Software, The Black Team|
|Distributor: SF Interactive Media (SE rental)|
|Licensor: Twentieth Century Fox|
|Sound driver: GEMS|
|Number of players: 1|
Virtual Bart (バーチャルバート) is a video game released for the Sega Mega Drive in 1994. It was the last Simpsons game to see a release on a home Sega console and stars Bart Simpson. It was the last Simpsons game to be published by Acclaim (whose handling of the franchise was seen as iffy) and the only on the Mega Drive to be published under the Acclaim name rather than Flying Edge.
At a science fair, Martin Prince presents a virtual reality device that displays six educational exhibitions. However, Bart causes the device to malfunction and gets trapped in it. Bart must complete the six programs to escape the machine.
Virtual Bart has Bart complete a series of "virtual reality programs," which are mini-games with unique play styles. It is similar to the preceding Bart's Nightmare, but unlike that game, mini-games are selected randomly using a spinning roulette wheel rather than from a hub world. There is also a practice mode that lets the player select an individual mini-game to play.
The player can stop the roulette wheel with , , or . Once a mini-game is completed, it cannot be repeated; if the wheel lands on an already-completed mini-game, it continues spinning slowly to the nearest remaining mini-game panel. If the wheel lands on the skull or corn dog panel (which alternates quickly between both items), the player loses or gains a life, respectively.
All mini-games feature a time limit. If the time runs out, the player loses a life. Additionally, all mini-games (except for Class Picture) feature a health bar, which decreases every time Bart gets hit. Several mini-games feature corn dogs that restore Bart's health, as well as extra lives. Some mini-games give the player three tries before losing a life, but some only give the player one chance. Losing a mini-game costs one life and returns Bart to the roulette wheel. The game ends in failure if the player runs out of lives or in success if the player completes all of the mini-games.
- Programmed by: James Henn, Rob Nelson, Hung Nguyen, John Tomlinson
- Directed by: Hal Rushton
- Designed by: Hal Rushton, Rich Reagan, Dave Ross
- Lead Artist: Dallin Haws
- Art and Animation by: Rich Reagan, Joel Izatt, Mike Peery, Ray Cornia, Mike Ulrich, Virginia Sargent, Rob Kemp
- Music and Sound-Effects Arranged and Performed by: Sam Powell, Mark Ganus, Kingsley Thurber, Eric Nunamaker, James Hebdon
- Camp Bracken Staff: Vince Bracken, Gary Rowberry, John Howa, Scott Hanks, Brian Miller, Bryan Wong, Steve Jolly, Jeff Hanson, Matt Grate
- Acclaim Development by: The Black Team
- Producer: Mark Flitman
- Associate Producers: Doug Yellin, Tyrone Miller, Ken Kajikawa
- Analysts: Joe Cool Allocco, Michael Archer, J.J. Mazziotto
- Special Thanks to: Linda Spelman, Scott Marcus, Nancy Cartwright, Dan Castellaneta, Eric Samulski, John Guymon
- Main article: Virtual Bart/Magazine articles.
|Sega Retro Average|
|Mega Drive, PT|
|Mega Drive, GR (Zegetron)|
- Main article: Virtual Bart/Technical information.
- File:VirtualBart MD JP Box.jpg
- https://sega.jp/history/hard/megadrive/software_l.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-02 23:21)
- Game Players, "Vol. 7 No. 10 October 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 11
- File:Virtual Bart MD credits.pdf
- 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2001-xx-xx), page 259
- Electronic Gaming Monthly, "November 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 42
- Game Players, "Vol. 7 No. 12 December 1994" (US; 1994-1x-xx), page 157
- GamePro, "December 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 132
- Games World: The Magazine, "November 1994" (UK; 1994-09-29), page 15
- MAN!AC, "12/94" (DE; 1994-11-09), page 90
- Mega, "November 1994" (UK; 1994-10-27), page 60
- Magazina Igrushek, "3/1995" (RU; 1995-xx-xx), page 70
- Player One, "Octobre 1994" (FR; 1994-xx-xx), page 129
- Sega Megazone, "September 1994" (AU; 1994-0x-xx), page 26
- Top Secret, "Sierpień 1995" (PL; 1995-xx-xx), page 59
- Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 220
|The Simpsons games for Sega systems|
|The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants (1992) | Krusty's Super Fun House (1992) | The Simpsons: Bart's Nightmare (1993) | Virtual Bart (1994) | The Itchy & Scratchy Game (unreleased)|
|The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants (1992) | Krusty's Fun House (1993) | The Simpsons: Bart vs. the World (1993)|
|The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants (1992) | Krusty's Fun House (1993) | The Simpsons: Bart vs. the World (1993) | The Simpsons: Bartman Meets Radioactive Man (1994) | The Itchy & Scratchy Game (1995)|
|The Simpsons: Bug Squad! (unreleased)|